Commenting on today’s The Age article by Katherine Wilson, Australian Christians Senate candidate Vickie Janson said Ms Wilson has today legitimized corporate fraud and deceit. According to Ms Wilson we should be thanking Jonathan Moylan for his environmental activism against planned coalmines in Leard State Forest and his impersonation of an ANZ Bank employee and release of a fake ANZ Media release misrepresenting their actions.
Whatever we think about these coalmines and broader environmental issues, Australian Christians are horrified that Ms Wilson would endorse these means as ‘the only responsible course of action in the face of an indifferent political mainstream’ and consider charges being laid against Mr Moylan as ‘utterly immoral’. This moves beyond a total disregard for honesty, integrity and morality to lauding fraud as ‘responsible’ - effectively turning morality upside down.
These actions resulted in a crash of 9% in ANZ Bank shares (equivalent to $314 million) and a loss to those Ms Wilson defines as ‘so-called mum-and-dad investors’…’ordinary people’. Australia once cared about ‘ordinary people’ who have worked and invested to provide for future generations, yet it appears this part of Australia’s culture is discarded by Ms Wilson as irrelevant for the ‘broader category of victims’. I assume that would be people like Mr Moylan who can afford to camp in a forest protesting for almost 6 months while ordinary people are at work.
Perhaps a little balance Ms Wilson. The zeal to address environmental issues must be accomplished through honest scientific inquiry, and balanced by the impact policy will have on both the economy and social capital. Allow us to quote from ‘The Society of Professional Journalists’ Code of Ethics’ who believe ‘that public enlightenment is the forerunner of justice and the foundation of democracy. The duty of the journalist is to further those ends by seeking truth and providing a fair and comprehensive account of events and issues’. Australian Christians would ask – is it now true that deceit and fraud are the new morality?
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